Sunday, October 29, 2006
SQT has invited me to post on her amazing blog and I am all of a twitter. I think the power has gone to my head! I have been a MASSIVE sci fi and fantasy fan since, well, forever. So is my husband...that is why we clicked. We actually clicked over James Cameron. He loved that I knew who he was. Aliens is one of my top movies. I have lost count of how many times I have watched this film. Our entire group of friends used every single one liner from this movie over and over and over. I suppose we were at an impressionable age that it lasted so long in our lexicon. I can't think of anything bad to say about the movie. The effects (for the time) were amazing. The casting great. The pacing was great, the music, the editing.....gush gush. It managed to be totally different from the first Ridley Scott film, yet Cameron kept the background story and the character of Ripley true to what we expected. Where the first movie was tense and atmospheric, Aliens was an adrenalin rush from beginning to end. Lets talk about Alien for a moment. It came out in 1979. I was ten. I did not see it in the theatres. My husband however, did. He had parents who tended to NOT read reviews and ratings. I think his experience says it all about this movie. It did NOT stay on formula. He tells me recalls the horror he felt when Captain Dallas (Tom Skerritt) bought it. He was dumbfounded. How could the CAPTAIN die!? He was supposed to be the hero!! The movie kept him on the edge of his seat all the way to the end. It was a perfect blend of sci fi and horror Something I don't think we have seen since. I won't talk about the subsequent films...3 and 4...while Finchers '3 was a good film in itself, it was not what the fans wanted to see or hear about their beloved characters. '4 was completely off the rails. Same goes for Alien vs. Predator and I cannot believe they are making a sequal to that one. I guess I am a purist! I am looking forward to the return of Cameron to 'fiction' now that he seems to have tired of the bottom of the ocean. I like his work too much. The Abyss was amazing and I think he did an amazing job with Solaris (as producer) too. We shall all wait to see what Avatar is all about. Well, I better stop for now......pace myself and all that.